Explore story structure and character development while learning to write in a variety of art forms.
Explore story structure and character development while learning to write in a variety of art forms.

»B.A. in Screenwriting

“And the winner for best original screenplay is…
[YOUR NAME HERE.]”

If you see yourself someday writing a Hollywood blockbuster or a breakthrough indie film, collaborating with a team of writers on a sitcom, or have imagined yourself accepting an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay or an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, then Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts is an excellent place to pursue your passion and hone your skills.

Our intensive undergraduate screenwriting degree is designed specifically to help fledgling screenwriters like you develop your individual creativity as you explore the intricacies of story structure and character development. You’ll work one-on-one with an outstanding faculty of Hollywood screenwriters with many years of experience in both film and television — and many awards on their shelves. And you’ll learn to write in a variety of art forms — short film and feature-length, episodic television and mini-series.

But just because we teach structure, we’re not bound by it. After all, too much structure often translates into predictability. Instead, we take a holistic approach to screenwriting with an emphasis on visual storytelling, as we help you find your own voice, sharpen your own personal sensibilities and hone your skills. And you’ll have ample opportunity to develop your skills — writing, shooting, and editing your own short films as well as contributing to the works of your fellow students. At the end of your four years, you’ll leave here with at least two finished scripts to share with the Hollywood insiders you’ve come to know through your time at Dodge.

+-You'll Study

Along with a broad liberal arts education, you’ll gain a fundamental understanding of the key components of screenwriting, including:

  • How to create and develop compelling characters
  • How to create emotional moments and story beats
  • How to write believable dialogue
  • How setting and production design fulfill vital roles in storytelling
  • The history of film as an art form, industry and cultural phenomenon
  • The essential elements of film, including basic cinematography, lighting, editing, and sound recording
  • The acting process as seen through script analysis, scene study and acting exercises
  • Managing the audience’s emotional involvement in a story
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